Five new buildings at the University of Notre Dame have received LEED certifications from the U.S. Green Building Council. The university says the buildings include Baumer Hall and Johnson Family Hall, which each earned gold, as well as the Matthew and Joyce Walsh Family Hall of Architecture, the Irish Athletics Center and Corby Hall, which each received silver.
LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.
Notre Dame says the five buildings, which total 245,000 square feet, diverted more than 12,736 tons of waste from landfills into recycled materials. A total of more than 250 points were earned in the USGBC score rating process.
The university says it incorporated low-flow water fixtures and water bottle filling stations in each building, as well as irrigation technology that is estimated to save more than 7.5 million gallons of water each year. The building’s also feature LED lighting and high-efficiency HVAC equipment that is expected to save a combined total of more than 1,551,844 kilowatt-hours, which is equal to the energy required to power 145 homes for a year.
The university says it began building to LEED standards in 2008. The school’s mission is to achieve no less than LEED silver for each new or newly-renovated construction project on campus.